Today we stumbled upon a factoid we did not know. Missouri inmates manufacture the toilet paper used by some 30,000 prisoners across the state.
The program -- in operation since 2005 -- is so successful that Missouri's Department of Corrections also supplies Indiana's prison system with its toilet tissue.
Recently Missouri also began shipping toilet paper to Iowa where that state's department of corrections is considering having its inmates make their own tissue. The process involves purchasing wholesale paper in 1-ton spools and cutting it down into smaller rolls.
Iowa's 2,800 prisoners wipe out nearly 900,000 rolls of the stuff a year, and the state could perhaps save $100,000 making the stuff in house. For now, though, Iowa is just giving the Missouri tissue a trial run -- seeing if the paper satisfies the inmates.
Per the Des Moines Register
Iowa's wardens haven't conducted any
squeeze tests, but so far there have been no complaints about the
single-ply Missouri product, said Iowa Prison Industries Director Roger
That said, we've just come up with an alternative headline to this story... Another Reason Not to Be a Prison Warden: Determining If Inmates' Bottoms Agree with Toilet Paper.